February 16, 2010

ICC World Cup Qualifiers

Simmons slams tournament organisers

Martin Williamson

Ireland coach Phil Simmons has slammed the organisers of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier after his side were forced to play the final against Afghanistan – which they lost - less than an hour after beating Netherlands.

“Six matches in five days was ridiculous,” Simmons said. “At the end of the day we’ve qualified but it’s not healthy and it wouldn’t be done for any other tournament, so I didn’t think it was right.”

“At the end of the day we came out with the win we needed today and I’m sure the Afghans were happy with their win and we both go to the World Cup.”


Martin Williamson is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo and managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

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Posted by Khwajah Mustafa seddiqi on (February 21, 2010, 5:39 GMT)

Will is and was not big deal, because it is 20 20 so two match in one day is not bad for professional it should not be very difficult task just consider it was ODI match .

Posted by Aveek on (February 20, 2010, 6:30 GMT)

Agreed 100%. It is ridicuous and detogratory status and remark to the nations playing in the tournament. Playing T20 for 2 or 3 day continiously is ok but asking a nation to play a match after few hour and that too a final is like "play and get it done soon" attitude. Since both the finalist would qualified so for the organizer the final is just a formality with no imporatance. Shame on ICC, who have been trying so hard to globalize the game has treated a final of T20 WC qualifier in such sub-standard way. Though with two finalist the purpose of the tournament is over but still the respect and dignity of such tournament need to maintained till the end and even after the tournaments.

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Martin Williamson
Executive editor Martin Williamson joined the Wisden website in its planning stages in 2001 after failing to make his millions in the internet boom when managing editor of Sportal. Before that he was in charge of Sky Sports Online and helped launch and run Sky News Online. With a preference for all things old (except his wife and children), he has recently confounded colleagues by displaying an uncharacteristic fondness for Twenty20 cricket. His enthusiasm for the game is sadly not matched by his ability, but he remains convinced that he might be a late developer and perseveres in the hope of an England call-up with his middle-order batting and non-spinning offbreaks. He is now managing editor of ESPN EMEA Digital Group as well as his Cricinfo responsibilities.

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